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LEO – Owner, jewelry designer, visionary

My desire to create jewelry started at an early age. As I was growing up, I could feel a certain talent developing in my hands. By high school I was experimenting with metal, creating jewelry out of copper and enamel. It wasn’t until a few years later, when I started thinking about what it was I wanted to do with life, that I became committed to teaching myself all I could about the art of jewelry making.

In 1972, I packed a van with all the tools I owned and headed west from Michigan, landing in Tucson, Arizona. I pounded out designs in silver at a local flea market, then moved to San Francisco and earned money as a street artist. Within a couple of years I had become the lead jewelry for the Bagley and Hotchkiss Co. before my wife and I chose to move to Seattle, then Poulsbo. I sold jewelry at Seattle’s Pike Place Market for 13 years, until I was finally able to open a store in Historic Downtown Poulsbo. We couldn’t be more proud to be celebrating over twenty years in this incredible community.[/pure_vc_Media with Text]

Nanz – Wax Carver/ Designer

Although my fascination with Jewelry Design was evident at the tender age of six, my first recognized jewelry design was a silver pendant that won a “Gold Key” Scholastic Art Award in high school. I continued my training by serving an apprenticeship in Chicago and receiving a BFA in Jewelry Arts from Northern Illinois University. I completed my MFA in metal-smithing at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004 and my M.Ed at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

During my 35 year career in the jewelry industry, I have taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. I have served as a fine jewelry designer and consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co. and as the associate editor for Art Jewelry magazine. Some of my many professional jewelry design awards include: an AGTA Spectrum Award, two concurrent Platinum Guild International Awards, two consecutive DeBeers Diamond’s Today Awards, and two finalist honors in the Saul Bell Awards.

Susan and Debie- Accounting Department

Susan and Debie, affectionately known as the “bookies”, have over 30 years of combined accounting and business management experiences working for Blue Heron Jewelry.  They are often heard having lively discussions regarding the what, where, when and whys of organizing, posting, tracking and reporting “the numbers” that make up the financial aspect of the business.  When not working, Susan enjoys camping, knitting, quilting, singing in a community choir and playing with her cats.  Debie loves to travel, read, practice yoga (along with her cat) and garden.

Jed – Team Mascott